The Bridge of Blood
Lord, in this time with You, I ask for a surer knowledge of who I am and what I am about.
Read Exodus 24:1-18
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Everyone who lives according to Jesus’ teaching rises to a friendship with God and communion with him” (Origen, AD 185-254).
The covenants that God makes with us don’t come cheap. They involve blood, as in this case. The blood of sacrificed bulls is sprinkled on the altar, representing God, and on the people, represented by 12 stone pillars (vs. 4-8). Somehow this blood unites God with his people, and it is called the “blood of the covenant,” a term we understand more fully when Jesus hosted the Last Supper with his disciples, and referred to “my blood of the covenant” (Matt. 26:28). While Jesus is the mediator between God and humans (like Moses), he is more than that. He became the very sacrifice that enables God to connect with his people through the forgiveness of sins (Heb. 7:27). Each time we observe the Lord’s Supper we eat and drink in his presence, an experience that is prefigured in the experience of the Israelite leaders who saw God, and ate and drank (11). The Lord’s Supper, itself, is a foretaste of the wedding feast of the Lamb of God where we will dine with God in his presence (Rev. 19:7-9).
God’s loftiness is highlighted here by the progressive stages and degrees of intimacy with him: the people make a covenant with God; the leaders eat in God’s presence; and Moses ascends the mountain and enters the cloud of God’s glory (18). There is a vast gap between the holy God and sinful people; yet, this chasm has been bridged by the blood of the covenant—the blood of Jesus, that brings us ever closer to the glory and presence of God. It is this bridge of blood that brings us to God and fulfills the covenant God has made with his people. We are thus able to ascend the mountain of God and experience growing intimacy with him.
Think of the blood of Jesus and what it means to you. Thank God and think about practical ways to grow in your intimacy with God.
Powerful God, it is so amazing that I can be intimate with You. Reveal to me any sins that may distance me from You. Cleanse me and make me whole.
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